wrt54gs need more power

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by noble, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. noble

    noble Network Guru Member


    i bought an wrt54gs for my sweet home. it works great, it handles 7 pcs without problems and do the pptp/adsl dial up.

    now i have one problem
    one room is not able to get a good connection. the connection power is really low and unstable.
    i have no chance to put my router on a better place but this lonesome pc had to geht wlan access.

    so what possibles i have without damaging my router.
    the router is original as i bought it.

    thanx for every tip
  2. czeman

    czeman Network Guru Member

    Hi noble!

    This site has a few third-party firmware versions available for the WRT54GS that will let you adjust the power output. I'm running the HyperWRT on my GS, but there are a few others to choose from.


    Once you upgrade the firmware, go to Wireless -> Advanced Wireless Settings. Towards the bottom is a dropdown box where you can select how much power you want the wireless to operate at.

    Have fun!
  3. ybbmadysu

    ybbmadysu Network Guru Member

    also try freeantennas.com
  4. noble

    noble Network Guru Member

    thanx for the tipp, how much more energy can i take für the antennas?
    i wont destroy the router!
  5. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    you will get about a few dbi gain with the antennas. though result vary. i got about 5 dbi gain from the antennas. and to tink that they are free and cost 10 cents.
  6. noble

    noble Network Guru Member

    hi, i will try the new firmware version.

    but if this wont work, i found out that the WAP54G can be used as Repeater. This solution has more advantages then only increase the output power of the antennas.

    only question if other solutions wont work is (cause i dont want to modify the router too much) if this AP will work with the wrt56GS cause in the handbook only the wrt56g is mentioned.
  7. fizze

    fizze Network Guru Member

    it'll work with ANY model.

    well, you can also buy another WRT54G and use it as wireless repeater.
    in some areas the wrt54g is cheaper than the WAP54g.

    thats prolly the most effective solution.
  8. noble

    noble Network Guru Member

    great i will first try the new firmware.
    two questions to the new firmware: is it able to downgrade to the original and what antenna power is too much for the linksys. cause i heard that it produces much more heat by increasing the antenna power and i wont destroy the hardware.

    a friend of mine bought a wrt54g router i will try it with this thing. and if no other solution works, i will buy one to work as repeater.
    is there any howto for configuring the router as repeater?
  9. noble

    noble Network Guru Member


    is there any howto or can someone told me in detail how to configure a wrt56g as repeater?
  10. trekuhl

    trekuhl Network Guru Member

  11. noble

    noble Network Guru Member

    thank you for the info

    another question:
    if i will use or test hyperwrt how much mW will be no problem for the wrt54G(s) router without damaging the hardware?
  12. noble

    noble Network Guru Member


    need help for the last question ;)
  13. pasys

    pasys Network Guru Member

    I tried 45 mW , but again thats only for 3 PCs...since you have 7 PCs . I might lower the value

    WARNING : WRT54G(S) gets very hot , if you put more then > 30 mW . At least for me (on V 2.2)
  14. noble

    noble Network Guru Member

    thanks but my default value is 42mW at 50%
    an the next jump will be 53mW at 67%

    so i think there is something wrong

    i use
    Firmware Version: v3.01.3 - HyperWRT 2.0
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